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Take Action: DIRECTV Censors Our Gaza Strip TV Ad!

February 3rd, 2009

Thanks to a generous emergency grant from Cultures of Resistance, we produced a 30-second commercial about the U.S. role in Israel’s war on and siege of the Gaza Strip.

We thought, “What better way to bring this important information to the attention of people in the United States than to advertise nationally on DIRECTV?” the largest satellite television subscription service in the country.

After detailed discussions with DIRECTV, including agreement on rates, times, and network placements of the ad, when we gave them the final product, they abruptly decided not to do business with us.

This blatant act of censorship is preventing millions of U.S. households from learning the truth about our government’s crucial role in enabling Israel’s war on and siege of Palestinians in the Gaza Strip.


DIRECTV's censorship of our ad on Gaza has become a news story.  Check out the following stories:

"DIRECTV Censors Gaza Strip TV Ad," Monthly Review, February 3, 2009

Democracy Now!, February 4, 2009

"Anti-Occupation Group Blasts DIRECTV," Jewish Telegraphic Agency, February 5, 2009

"DIRECTV Censors US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation's Gaza TV Ad," Muzzle Watch, February 17, 2009

"DIRECTV Rejects Ad about Recent Gaza Invasion as Too 'Controversial'," Blogging Censorship, February 23, 2009


1. Watch both an extended internet version and the original 30-second commercial below.

Watch an extended internet version of the ad above.

Watch the original 30-second ad above.

2. Contact DIRECTV to protest its act of censorship and demand that they accept our ad by clicking here.

3. Let all your friends know about this commercial and DIRECTV’s censorship of it by joining our Facebook group.

4. Make a tax-deductible contribution to the US Campaign so that we can purchase as much air time for this commercial as possible by clicking below on the icon.

5. Take action requested in the commercial and sign our open letter to President Obama calling upon him to cut of military aid to Israel by clicking here.